Heaven on Earth - LCC
This shows the phone poking through the front cover. The front is literally open and has a seal around the edge to keep dirt, water, etc out. I believe this is what separates the Nuud from the Fre. The Fre has an actual clear cover over the front.
I received this as a gift.
I have not gone around throwing, burying in dirt or dropping my phone in the toilet; However, if the claims hold true, this case takes care of everything. Water, dust, snow, ice, shock/drops.
Good - the case is slim. I was surprised at the overall size (smaller than expected) given the fact that it surrounds the phone. The phone's face is open and uncovered which is nice for actual use. it is waterproof due to a seal that runs around the edge. The back of the case is clear and shows the actual back of your phone through the glass.
Bad - Not sure if this is actually bad or not. being that the actual screen is uncovered, you do not have protection if you were to drop directly on a rock etc. However, Given that the GS3 uses a strong gorilla glass and you can put an included scratch/protection film over the screen... this may be a non issue.
Your main gain for the money is waterproofing.
Overall a very cool product that protects your phone without turning it into a giant brick.
Cool jacket. I am still waiting for the white to fall so this review is only a snapshot of my initial impressions. I will update later.
The jacket has a very smooth almost silky feel to it. I love that. The fit is modern - good length on the arms and not baggy around the torso. The torso length is good and definitely long enough with a slightly scooped back.
The jacket is not overloaded with gimmicks or any new unseen features; but, it does have all the expected features and pockets inside and out along with powder skirt, zippered pits, removable hood etc. Organization of your tunes, PB and Nutella Sandwich, knife and so forth is clean.
The Charge jacket at full price is almost 4 hundy. Supposedly the jacket has a great system for breathing/waterproofness. Only winter action will tell if this holds true. I will report back.
Initial impression is very good. The jacket looks sharp. The color is vibrant. The zippers, pockets, stitching and overall feel is really nice. I would say the MSRP will hopefully reflect the technology in materials and the rest is on par with standard expected features.
Based on fit, feel and awesome outlet price... I have no reason not to be stoked. I give it 5 stars. If it fails in it's ability to breath and shed water later, I will come back and dock points.
Medium next to Large. Both next to their packed size pouches. Gear loop is nice for hang dry.
Outdoor Research makes awesome dry bags and dry sacks. The stitching and seams are great. This particular model is lightweight and won't take a ton of abuse being tossed and drug. If you need a more durable bag or sack that will see the outside of your bags etc, get one of the non-ultralight sacks or even the "durable" dry bag or sac. I use this for ensuring my down bag stays dry in case of emergency.
Packtowels are awesome. I chose the ultrlight because I wanted lightweight and don't mind the basics when camping. Other Packtowel models are more absorbent; but, this will take the water off and takes up little space and weight.
Not very soft; however, it gets better with wash cycles, time and use.
I have both a medium and large. I thought I would only take the medium when backpacking; but, being so light and small, I take them both. I use the large for drying off after swimming or bathing and the small for everything else. cleaning gear and so forth.
Great product. If you are a minimalist or fine with just what you need... get the ultralight. If you want something softer and more absorbent... get the original.
This fleece is typical North Face quality ...which is very good. This version of fleece is very soft and comfortable - much softer than my standard Denali.
In the end, just like the adult version, this is a basic fleece. It is well made and has plenty of pockets etc. This fleece will last and not fall apart.
Note that this is not wind or water resistant. This will work best as insulation or alone when not dealing with wind or rain.
Well made and durable for the good. Bad because it's hard to pony up $ for quality gear when your kids outgrow most stuff in a single season.
Anna sporting the Wiz Kid harness
Chacos... great for cliff jumping where you have to hike out of the water and back to the top. Also nice to have something to break the water when you hit.
Element II ARC providing an evening of fun for my family.
No complaints about comfort.
There is room to add shoes, harness and other gear in this bag if desired. Great for moving climbs.
At home, I usually re-flake my rope and pull the center out. This allows for a tight package to haul to the climb and leaves the middle where I can find it when top roping with my little daughter.
Top Rope: Clip the middle, loosen buckles and one end of bag... drop the protected rope down. Rap and then unroll everything. Rope stays clean and out of the dirt and water.
The way the tarp folds over and the generous size makes this bag awesome for throwing in your gear and easily moving climbs. Unfold and continue.
I have had one Superslacker for well over a decade. While some people prefer other bags, this well thought out CLASSIC has been around so long for a reason.
One plus is how easy this bag is to load and move from climb to climb. The ample room means you can fold the tarp over the rope and toss in your shoes and other gear. Close up and move - unfold when you reach the next climb.
This is also a cool bag for setting up top ropes. With the bag over a shoulder, undo one side of the bag and pull out the middle(I keep it where I can find it) clip it through the anchors/draws and with the rope inside the bag, drop the whole package. The rope stays clean and protected until you rap down and unfold it all.
Many of the great uses of this bag come from it's unique design. It is different from other designs and can be used in a number of ways. I prefer the Superslacker for both top roping and sport routes over other bags my friends use. I recommend this bag to others.
Durability is great. BD makes quality products. I for one like the zipper as well as the buckles. The zipper is a nice feature that you don't have to use when moving from climb to climb if you don't like it. The tarp is not necessarily small; but, another foot larger in either direction wouldn't hurt.
I typically use a Grigri for belay; but, always have an ATC for back-up or for setting up multiple routes. I always use an ATC to clean since it does so well for abseiling.
An ATC is an inexpensive piece of gear that everyone should have. The XP version does what the original does with a friction mode. The friction mode does work noticeably better at holding.
Classic quality product. everyone should have an ATC -in which case you should now consider the ATC-XP. If you multi-pitch, then look at the ATC-Guide.
The BD Gridlock biner is a great match for an ATC. Crossloading is something I usually only noticed while belaying a lead climber with an ATC. The Gridlock eliminates crossloading. ATC-XP + Gridlock = :)
It's just a mug and it's shaped weird ...and I love it.
It's insulated. The stainless makes it easy to clean. My pot is not MSR; yet, this mug still nests in perfectly when packing. My stove and matches fit inside the mug - which fits inside my pot making a great system.
It's hard to get excited over something like a mug; but, due to it's insulation properties, stainless steel, ability to nest well, no handle and relative weight... I love it.
The parcel carrier is actually very nice for carrying 5 gal. buckets. While that may not be an everyday task and most will never do so... if you do have to ...and you do have a Swiss Army with the hook ...you're in business.
I really like the clear bag. It is durable and easy to clean. My Platy products seem to taste better than my CamelBak bladders - plastic taste. I find the Big Zip easier to fill and clean than my CamelBak stuff. The quick disconnect makes removing the bladder easy.
I originally had concerns of water leaking from the zippered top or the quick disconnect; but, I have had no issues with either and am confident in the durability of the Big Zip SL.
Great product. More spendy than the basic bladders; but, worth the money due to features, ease of use and cleaning. I love the Big Zip, have no issues and highly recommend it to others.
From the Platy site: http://www.cascadedesigns.com/platypus/FAQ
How do I freeze my Platypus bottle or reservoir? Is it ok to freeze my Platy? bottle?
Lay it half-full on its side in freezer with all air purged. Do not over-fill. Water expands as it freezes and this can burst your reservoir or bottle.
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